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Sessional Papers of Canada by Title, English

About the Sessional Papers of Canada by Title Collection (1901 -1925)

The Sessional Papers of Canada by Title (SPCT) brings a 25-year run of Canadian government documents to light by making them digitally accessible to the public and discoverable at the individual sessional paper level.

Sessional papers are a collected series of reports, documents and papers tabled in the House of Commons or Senate. Included are annual reports of departments, boards and Crown corporations, government estimates and pubic accounts, royal Commission and task force reports, election returns, censuses, statistics, government responses to committee reports, papers detailing with government policies and written responses to questions asked in the House and Senate. These documents are important primary sources for the study of the political, social and economic life of Canada.

Before the launch of the SPCT, this wealth of documentary sources was buried in a large paper collection with very limited keyword indexing. In 2007, the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) partnered with the Internet Archive Canada (IAC) to scan 470 volumes of the Sessional Papers and make them available via the Internet Archive site. In 2009, UTL had also scanned the indexes and developed a finding aid to facilitate the access of this collection. However, researchers were still required to locate the sessional paper numbers across multiple years and multiple volumes in order to access individual documents. In 2013, UTL created metadata for about 1780 sessional papers. IAC, with the assistance of UTL, completed the translusion by manually splitting the scanned content into individual files. In 2016, UTL collaborated with IAC to have the SPTC hosted by Internet Archive.

Serial titles

A great deal of time was spent researching and grouping serial titles together to enhance discovery. The serial groupings with clickable links are listed under the “Topics” on the right hand side of the page. Higgins’s Canadian Government Publications was used to follow the ever-changing names of serial titles, departments and portfolios within departments.

Published dates versus content dates

The annual report of a particular department might be published a few years after the fact. That is why we have both years available. The published dates are included under the field “Published” and are sortable. The content dates are available under the field “Year” and are not sortable.

Are the large maps and foldouts included?

Over 740 large maps and foldouts were scanned separately at UTL and are listed with metadata on the University of Toronto Map & Data Library page for “Canadian Sessional Papers Maps (1901 – 1925)” with both jpeg and tif files. These images are also linked at the volume level of the collection at IA as part of the metadata. Small maps remain within the text of the sessional papers. Ontario Legislative Library supplied most of the foldouts for scanning.

How about the French version and the papers prior to 1901?

The University of Ottawa Library has scanned the French version, and Canadiana.org has scanned the Sessional Papers prior to 1901. Both collections are not part of the SPCT.

About us

We are a group of professionals and graduate students at UTL, IAC and Ontario Legislative Library committed to providing public access to information.

Sam-chin Li is a reference and government information librarian at UTL. Andrea Mills is an archivist at IAC. Marcel Fortin is the Head of the Map and Data Library at UTL. Paul Armstrong is a digital scanner at the Information Technology Services of UTL. Brian Tobin is the manager of Content Management at the Ontario Legislative Library. Graduate student library assistants at UTL contributed many hours to this projects: Margaret Wall, Nich Worby, Mary Gu, Jillian Harkness, Melissa Walter, Julia Reddy, Laura Robb, Zack Macdonald and Rachel Rogers.

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1 Marion Villiers Higgins, Canadian government publications; a manual for librarians (Chicago: American Library Association, 1935).

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Estimates
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Report of the Auditor General
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Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
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Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Marine
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From 1907 - 1919, this report was titled "Report of the Department of Indian Affairs." The 1902 report includes a supplemental report "Schedule of Indian Reserves in the Dominion. Supplement to Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs, 1902" published separately but included in this serial record.
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs
Topic: Annual Report of the Minister of Agriculture
Reports of the Fisheries Branch covering 1915-1919 were printed under the authority of the Department of the Naval Service and titled "Annual Report of the Fisheries Branch of the Department of the Naval Service.". Report covering 1920 is listed as Department of Naval Service in the Sessional Papers table of contents, but the title page of the paper attributes report to the Department of Marine and Fisheries.
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Fisheries
Topic: Report of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada
From 1906-1919 this report was titled "Report of the Militia Council for the Dominion of Canada." This report was preceded by "Report on the State of the Militia of the Province" from 1856-1867. From 1924 -1932, it was continued by the Department of National Defense as the "Report of the Militia and Air Services" and the "Report of the Department of National Defense" from 1933 -.
Topic: Report of the Department of Militia and Defense of Canada
From 1906-1919 this report was titled "Report of the Militia Council for the Dominion of Canada." This report was preceded by "Report on the State of the Militia of the Province" from 1856-1867. From 1924 -1932, it was continued by the Department of National Defense as the "Report of the Militia and Air Services" and the "Report of the Department of National Defense" from 1933 -.
Topic: Report of the Department of Militia and Defense of Canada
From 1906-1919 this report was titled "Report of the Militia Council for the Dominion of Canada." This report was preceded by "Report on the State of the Militia of the Province" from 1856-1867. From 1924 -1932, it was continued by the Department of National Defense as the "Report of the Militia and Air Services" and the "Report of the Department of National Defense" from 1933 -.
Topic: Report of the Department of Militia and Defense of Canada
The report for 1907 also covers the first 3 months of 1908. The report for 1913 has a misprint error where pg. 209-240 is a reprint of sessional paper 28.
Topic: Report of the Secretary of State
The first report is preceded by an Interim Report. Continued in "Report of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada".
Topic: Report of the Board of National Transcontinental Railway Commissioners
From 1909-1918, this report was Part 1 of the 3-part report titled: "Report, Returns and Statistics of the Inland Revenues of the Dominion of Canada." Part 1: "Annual Report of the Inland Revenues of Canada, Excise, etc"; Part II: "Annual Report of the Weights and Measures, Electricity and Gas Inspection Services;" Part III: "Annual Report on Adulteration of Food." Part I continued by the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue in the "Annual Report...
Topic: Annual Report of the Inland Revenues of Canada. Excise, etc.
Topic: Annual Report of the Minister of Agriculture
Topic: Estimates
Published from 1883 -1908 as an appendix to "Report of the Secretary of State" and continued by "Annual Report of the Civil Service Commission".
Topic: Annual Report of the Board of Civil Service Examiners
Appendix to the Report of the Minister of Agriculture
Topic: Report of the Directors and Officers of the Experimental Farms
Continues "Section of Mines: Annual Report" produced by the Geological Survey Branch in 1904 and 1905. Continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Mines" from 1921-1924.
Topic: Summary Report of the Mines Branch
Continues "Annual Report of the Board of Civil Services Examiners".
Topic: Annual Report of the Civil Service Commission
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Railways and Canals
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Topic: Civil Service List
Following 1917, the reports on the Industrial Disputes are printed within the "Annual Report of the Department of Labour".
Topic: Report of Proceedings under the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act
Topic: Estimates
Topic: Estimates
Topic: Estimates
Topic: Annual Report of the Minister of Agriculture
Topic: Estimates
Topic: Report of the Minister of Public Works
Topic: Estimates
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Labour
The first report is preceded by an Interim Report. Continued in "Report of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada".
Topic: Report of the Board of National Transcontinental Railway Commissioners
1901 Census of Canada issued by the Department of Agriculture; 1911 Census of Canada issued by the Department of Trade and Commerce.
Topic: Census of Canada
Reports after 1916 include "Report of the Hydrographic Survey".
Topic: Report of the Naval Service
From 1906-1919 this report was titled "Report of the Militia Council for the Dominion of Canada." This report was preceded by "Report on the State of the Militia of the Province" from 1856-1867. From 1924 -1932, it was continued by the Department of National Defense as the "Report of the Militia and Air Services" and the "Report of the Department of National Defense" from 1933 -.
Topic: Report of the Department of Militia and Defense of Canada
Topic: Report of the Minister of Public Works
Topic: Report of the Ottawa Improvement Commission
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
From 1906-1908, this report is also know as "Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce. Part II, Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions." From 1907-1916, this report is also known as "Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce. Part VII.- Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions." See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce.
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and...
Topic: Report of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada
Please note that the report covering the year ending in March 31, 1910 is published twice in two different volumes of the Sessional Papers, but are the same report. First report was titled "Annual Report of the Department of External Affairs" in 1910 but name was changed following first report. (NOTE it doesn't appear this way in print??)
Topic: Report of the Secretary of State for External Affairs
Topic: Annual Report of the Minister of Agriculture
Topic: Estimates
The reporting year changes in 1919 from year ending in June to year ending in December, so there is a double report in 1919 to account for the shift.
Topic: Railway Statistics
Many annual reports were published as several different papers. Trade statistics are continued by "Annual Report of the Trade of Canada" for report covering 1917 onwards. See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Grain Statistics; Annual Report of the Department of...
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
Until 1919 this report was produced by the Department of Railways and Canals. Prior to 1904, this report was included the departmental annual report. From 1920 on, this report was produced by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics.
Topic: Canal Statistics
Until 1919 this report was produced by the Department of Railways and Canals. Prior to 1904, this report was included the departmental annual report. From 1920 on, this report was produced by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics.
Topic: Canal Statistics
From 1909-1918, this report was Part 3 of the 3-part report titled: "Report, Returns and Statistics of the Inland Revenues of the Dominion of Canada." Part 1: "Annual Report of the Inland Revenues of Canada, Excise, etc"; Part II: "Annual Report of the Weights and Measures, Electricity and Gas Inspection Services;" Part III: "Annual Report on Adulteration of Food." Part I continued by the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue in the "Annual Report...
Topic: Annual Report on Adulteration of Food
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Public Printing and Stationery
Topic: Estimates